Elmwood & Downtown Museum Day

August 11, 2011

Memphis’ First Downtown Museum Day to Take Place on September 10



August 9, 2011


Memphis, TN – The first annual Downtown Museum Day will take place in Memphis on Saturday, September 10, 2011 with eleven local museums and attractions participating by offering free or half-price admission. The event is being hosted by Discover Memphis, a newly created collective of downtown museums and attractions.


The all-day event offers Tennessee residents the opportunity to visit their community museums – and to enjoy and share in their own heritage – for a significantly reduced cost. The committee organizing the event hopes to encourage residents to take advantage of their hometown culture and bolster awareness of the role of museums in Memphis.


“We want Downtown Museum Day to become a Memphis cultural tradition, inviting all members of our community to experience the Bluff City’s incredible wealth of history, art and music at numerous participating museums at reduced or no cost,” says co-organizer Anna Mullins, Executive Director of the Cotton Museum.


In addition to free or discounted admission, many participating museums and attractions (listed below) are offering unique programs and special tours for the day. Visitors should check each attraction’s website for hours and unique offerings.


“The day is intended to emphasize the lasting impact museums have on their communities and provide new opportunities for the community to participate in the wide-ranging programs that our museums and attractions offer,” adds Kimberly McCollum, Executive Director of Elmwood Cemetery.


For more information about Downtown Museum Day, visit our facebook page at, email us at downtownmuseumday [at] gmail [dot] com">downtownmuseumday [at] gmail [dot] com or call Anna Mullins at 901.857.2335.


Downtown Museum Day Participants

Discounts are available to all Tennessee residents. Check each attraction’s webpage for hours and additional information.


Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art

Half-price General Admission

Special Events:

Two screenings of the Korean film "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring"

10% off on all sales in the gift shop.


Cotton Museum

Half-price General Admission

Special Events:

Guided tours, hands-on demonstrations and storytellers all day

Seersucker Social party all afternoon with live music and classic cocktails.


Elmwood Cemetery

Free Tours

Special Events:

A free guided tour will be led at 10:30am; free self-guided audio tours are available 8am-noon.


Fire Museum of Memphis

Buy one Admission and get one of equal or lesser value free


Jimmy Ogle Tours

Free City Tours

10:00 a.m.  Union Avenue Manhole Cover & History Tour (begins at the Cotton Museum)

11:30 a.m.  Cotton Row (begins at the Cotton Museum)

1:00 p.m.   The Mississippi River (begins at Confederate Park)

3:00 p.m.   Court Square & Surroundings


Mississippi River Museum at Mud Island River Park

Buy one Admission and get one of equal or lesser value free

Special Events:

60 minute Guided Riverwalk Tours of the Riverwalk model, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm

The Hatilloo Theatre will perform at the park from 12:00pm to 3:00pm.


National Civil Rights Museum

Buy one Admission and get one free

Special Events:

“Portrait of a Movement: Building the Museum” will be on display.


National Ornamental Metal Museum

Free Admission

Special Events:

“Digital Mettle: Jewelry and Objects of CAD” will be on display.


Stax Museum of American Soul Music

Buy one Admission and get one free

Special Events:

- "Celebrating 70...A Tribute to Otis Redding" will be on display.


Sun Studio

Free Admission and Tours


Woodruff-Fontaine House

Half-price General Admission and Tour

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